| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:28 PM
There are literally dozens of movies about the Titanic; this 1953 Hollywood version is one of the three best-known (the other two being Roy Ward Baker's “A Night to Remember” and James Cameron's modest little 1997 chamber drama). Like Cameron,...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 11:10 AM
For whatever reason, Martin McDonagh's “Seven Psychopaths” — one of the best films of last year — didn't find its audience. The poster was both blah and misleading, and it probably didn't help that this gun-rich, blood-soaked...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 12:20 PM
This odd (but pleasantly low-priced) new release might be called "Jackie Chan's Most Uncharacteristic Hits." Both showcase Jackie in almost totally non-comic contexts. By definition then, these are not in the league of the "Police Story," "Project A" or...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 4:50 PM
"Dredd," also known under certain circumstances as "Dredd 3D," is one of several films last year that seemed "better than they had any right to be." This semi-compliment most frequently applies to movies — particularly remakes, gratuitous sequels,...
| Jan 12, 2013
| 3:16 PM
When “The Last Stand,” Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback film, is released on Jan. 18, Kim Jee-woon (“A Tale of Two Sisters,” “The Good, the Bad, the Weird”) will become the first Korean director to break into Hollywood....
| Dec 31, 2012
| 3:02 PM
Christopher Nolan ascended from the low-budget “Memento” (under $10 million) to the mega-budget “Batman Begins” (over $150 million) in a mere five years. But his biggest budget leap was during the two years between “Memento&...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 9:06 PM
Thanks to the vagaries of distribution, Alfred Hitchcock's black-and-white 1934 “The Man Who Knew Too Much” has arrived on an affordable Blu-ray earlier than the director's better-known Technicolor 1956 remake, which is available only as...
| Dec 25, 2012
| 12:52 PM
If you're offended by naughty language, you don't want to watch “Ted.” Seth MacFarlane's first feature is off-color throughout; it also made me laugh as much as any other film this year. MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “American...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 12:36 PM
If you saw "The Dark Knight Rises" in the theater, you already know whether (like me) you are a fan of the third installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy. Even if you didn't see it, you probably have an inkling of whether you'll want to buy it on...
| Dec 17, 2012
| 4:33 PM
Some 40 years before Matt Damon played the title character in Anthony Minghella's “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Alain Delon played the same role in Rene Clement's 1960 “Purple Noon,” adapted from the same novel by Patricia Highsmith...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 6:18 PM
In 1994, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — teenagers who came to be known as the West Memphis Three — were convicted of murdering three little boys in a Satanic ritual. There were a lot of things wrong with their trial,...
| Nov 19, 2012
| 1:55 PM
“Weekend” is the last of the 15 features Jean-Luc Godard made in his first eight years as a director. (He made a similar number of shorts in the same period.) It was as though his brain was so intoxicated with the possibilities of cinema...